TEDxDrexelU is an annual event completely organized and managed by students of Drexel University with active mentorship from faculty and staff.  In 2012, we gathered an amazing inter-disciplinary team to plan and run a day full of inspiring ideas and conversations right here, at Drexel University in the heart of Philadelphia.

The event on May 16th, 2012 http://www.flickr.com/photos/75973646@N06/ was a huge success on campus and saw participation from freshmen design students to graduate biomedical researchers. Drexel President John Fry encouraged this event not only by his unconditional support but also by making a special appearance at the event. Due to restrictions on maximum attendees for the event, we hosted a TEDx simulcast organized by student organizations on campus as well as a LIVE global webcast, which recorded hits from 30 countries around the world.

The main goal of the event is to bring together a community of people inspired to think beyond the walls of the classroom and make a difference in student life and activities on campus. If you see yourself, as one of the members of such a community, we invite you to be a part of the core organizing team for most motivating and rewarding event on in campus – TEDxDrexelU

You may apply for as many VOLUNTEER positions as you like, but we encourage you to put time in to telling us why you fit in to one or two specific positions. The positions are as follows:

1.    Organizer/Manager (1)
Managing all other teams for TEDxDrexelU on schedule and reporting to the curator and head organizers for the event. You will be expected to ‘wear many hats’ and will be the go-to-person for all other team members. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) reaching out to potential speakers, coordinating and assigning work to teams, and co-hosting the event. You should be able to handle a vast amount of emails from diverse groups of people and also own this event as your venture. You should have no reservations in picking up late night calls from a fellow teammate or skipping your lunch to meet deans on campus. You should be available on campus most of the times. You have to be an avid TED follower, which goes beyond listening TED talks.

2.    Finance/Sponsorship (3)
You will be managing a financial portfolio of almost $15,000 for this one-day event. You are responsible for making calls to potential corporate partners and reaching out to various departments at Drexel to financially support this event. Although money is needed to make this event happen, you should also be able to make much deeper connections to garner support for this event in the form of good-will partners, merchandising partners. You will be responsible for creating documentations and emails to be used to reach out to potential partners.

3.    Web Development/Social Media (3)
You are an entrepreneur and a Zuckerberg of Drexel. You can also be an introvert (this quality is only valid for programmers, coders) but likely to surprise the team with your awesome web design and development skills.

4.    Design (2)
You will be responsible for design of event collateral as well as printing. You should be confident using the Drexel Copy Center for a variety of purposes. You will work on designs for t-shirts, banners, motion graphics for campus TV ads, fliers, and brochures. You will be working with the co-organizer, Drexel alum and the chief designer for TEDxDrexelU 1.0. You will also receive mentorship from director of product design department at Drexel. You must be flexible, passionate and organized. Design major preferred.

5.    General  (5)
You will be using online Project Management/collaboration tools to keep track of other teams and organizing Team meetings. You will be working closely with the Organizer/Manager for event and work hand-in-hand in with almost any teams for this event. You will also be responsible for managing Speaker Logistics, ticketing setup and new ideas to promote the event on campus.

6.    Bloggers (2)
You have excellent writing skills and a funny, informative and narrative style with a mass appeal.  You have experience to show from blogs and familiarity with popular blog platforms including social media. You must be able to finesse a strategy to drive people to the website.

7.    Photography (1)
You should have your own professional kit and a team to work with for one-day event. You will also be responsible for snapping photos for some team meetings and brainstorming sessions to create Behind the Scenes content for TEDxDrexelU 2.0. You must be capable and willing to do post-production on all of the event photos. You will be choosing/submitting photos to TED’s official flickr account and  TEDxDrexelU’s official social media accounts.

8.    Video Editors (2)
You will be working with Drexel IRT team for one-day professional video recording of event. You will be responsible for post-event video editing of all the talks and submitting it to TED’s official YouTube channel.

Send your application at tedxdrexelu(at)gmail.com.

WHY YOU WANT TO DO THIS? (in 100 WORDS or less)
Your favorite TED talk (Send the link please)
No resumes please.
About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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